Watching these early episodes is a treat for me as most of the reruns I watched over the years were from later seasons. This first episode, while excellent as far as I'm concerned, was a little rough around the edges. Its neat to see how the show began and progressed as the cast and overall production became a little more polished as the episodes and seasons moved forward.
The Beverly Hillbillies is still one of my all time favorite programs and I offer many thanks to the contributor for posting and to the Internet Archive for hosting this wonderful slice of television history.
August 20, 2015 Subject:
The Beverly Hillbillies is an American sitcom that follows the Clampetts, a simple country family turned millionaires when their backwoods ranch was purchased by the OK Oil Company, as they attempt to navigate the high society of Beverly Hills, California. Hillbillies was picked up by the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) Television Network in 1962 and was broadcasted Wednesday nights from 9:00 to 9:30 for a majority of its run. Along with NBC, CBS was one of two television networks to dominate the ratings in the 1950s and 60s. The series aired from September 26, 1962 to March 23, 1971, accumulating 9 seasons and total of 274 episodes. The show was created by Paul Henning and was produced by Al Simon, Joseph DePew, and Mark Tuttle. The Beverly Hillbillies enjoyed a wildly successful run at the top of the ratings; the sitcom was the highest rated show on television for its first two seasons, and remained in the Top 20 for 8 seasons. When the series fell out of the Top 30 in 1970-71, it was subsequently cancelled after 9 seasons. Today, Hillbillies is looked upon as one of the most successful television sitcoms of all time.
During the late 1950s and 1960s, a mutlitude of sitcoms was present throughout each network. However, in the early to mid 60s, escapist sitcoms like The Beverly Hillbillies and Bewitched helped to facilitate a shift away from typical family sitcoms like Father Knows Best and Leave it to Beaver that portrayed the lives of suburban, nuclear families. As a result, The Beverly Hillbillies was able to distinguish itself from the typical sitcom and achieve mass levels of popularity throughout its 9 season run. Each week, viewers could turn away from the horrors of the Vietnam War and other current events to escape to Beverly Hills, where the Clampetts were attempting to maneuver their way through the complexities of the high life. The show eventually led to several copies, most notably Green Acres, which depicted an alternative riches-to-rags story. The show was so successful enough to reach syndication, and was also remade into a theatrical film in 1993 by 20th Century Fox.
Episode 1 of The Beverly Hillbillies entitled “The Clampetts Strike Oil” aired on September 26, 1962 and it sets up most of what the audience would become accustomed to in subsequent episodes. The episode opens in the backwoods countryside where the audience is introduced to well-intentioned father Jed Clampett (Buddy Ebson), shotgun wielding “Granny” (Irene Ryan), Jed’s daughter Elly Clampett (Donna Douglas), and finally Jed’s simple-minded nephew Jethro Bodine (Max Baer, Jr.). When a surveyor from the OK Oil Company visits their home and tells them that they are sitting on rich land, the family displays their country naiveté as they attempt to comprehend the concept of telephones and helicopters. The Clampetts are compensated by way of 25 million dollars for their oil rich land, and come to the decision to relocate to Beverly Hills. At the end of the episode, cultures clash and the audience gets a taste of what’s to come in future episodes, as the Clampetts mistake their new gated mansion for a prison and are thrown in jail themselves. Although the premise may seem unsophisticated at the surface, the episode functions as a critique of not only the backwoods country values but also the strange practices and snobbery of high society, both of which would be prominent throughout the shows run.
This is the first episode of the American sitcom, the Beverly Hillbillies. This sitcom follows the daily lives of a country family, the Clampetts, who have suddenly become rich due to the sale of an oil-filled swamp they owned, and as a result have moved to Beverly Hills. The episode starts with the Clampetts' daughter Ellie May bringing in an unconscious petroleum surveyor into their cabin. When he comes around, he tells the Clampetts that they are going to be rich due to the oil in their swamp. Jed, the family patriarch, stews on whether or not to sell the swamp. His relative, Aunt Pearl, comes over and convinces him to move to Beverly Hills. After a few jokes and awkward situations due to the Clampetts' lack of knowledge of the outside world, Jed decides to move to Beverly Hills, where he comically thrown in jail after holding his new gardeners (who he thinks are escaped fugitives) up at gunpoint. The episode ends with his new neighbor Milburn Dyrsdale, getting him out and driving him back to his house, apologizing for the mix-up. The Clampetts' misunderstanding of their new mansion as a prison is brought up again as they escape from the car, trying to evade being put back into 'prison'.
The Beverly Hillbillies was an American sitcom which started on September 26, 1962 (the original airdate of this particular episode) to March 23, 1971. Each episode was 30 minutes long. It is considered an original, and many other anteceding shows, such as Petticoat Junction, followed this type of rags to riches plot. Main cast members included Buddy Ebsen as Jed Clampett, Irene Ryan as Granny, Donna Douglas as Ellie May, Max Baer as Jethro, and Raymond Bailey as Mr. Drysdale. The show itself was created by Paul Henning and broadcasted on CBS.
The Beverly Hillbillies is a very famous comedy series that was started broadcasting on September 26, 1962 on CBS. Because of its popularity in 1960's, it aired 9 season s on CBS until 1971 with a total of 274 episodes. The sitcom was aired on Wednesdays from 9.00 to 9.30 pm.
The Beverly Hillbillies was starring Buddy Ebsen, Irene Ryan, Donna Douglas and Raymond Bailey. It was produced by Firmways Television and The CBS Television Network.
This series was aiming to be a funny sitcom that can compete among other poplar sitcoms in its time and like other sitcoms it was based on a family and comedy around them. So this program is narrating a very poor family's move to Beverly Hills after finding an huge oil resource in their land and the challenges and funny situations they faced in California. So the family that used to live in rural mountain life were in the situation that having millionaire neighbors, and luxurious city life. This absurd situation was the main source to create the gags and jokes in the program.
A deviant family in their neighborhood is not surprising theme in 1960's sitcoms but The Beverly Hillbillies placed itself among the top watched programs in all 9 years. Reruns were continued most of the years past on several TV channels. The continuous success of the production lead to a film with the same name, "The Beverly Hillbillies", was made in 1993 by 20th Century Fox.
March 23, 2012 Subject:
MISS B WAS A GOOD ACTRESS. SHE COULD PLAY ANY PART. SHE WAS THE FIRST CHOICE TO PLAY GRANNY. SHE WAS THE L BALLS FIRST CHOICE TO PLAY THE PART DEVELOPED AS ETHEL MERTZ. SHE COULD HAVE PLAYED ANY PART ON THE HILLBILLIES : GRANNY , MISS JANE , MIZ DRYSDALE EVEN ELLY MAY! SHE COUULD HAVE PLAYED BOB CUMMINGS SISTER AND SECRETARY ON THAT SHOW ALSO . A GREAT EXPERIENCED RADIO ACTRESS.
March 23, 2012 Subject:
I loved this,I saw every other episode guaranteed!Ms.Kulp is STILL the geeky datdream(do NOT deny it!)
December 14, 2011 Subject:
Not the Original Theme Song
Please note that this version of the program does NOT include the famous original theme song.
December 14, 2011 Subject:
With whats already been said, i remember this show fondly when it was screened over here, (on my mum's little 21" "cossor" telly, there's not a lot of so called "comedy" made these days that i wanna watch, i much prefer re-runs of the good old comedy shows like this, Buddy Ebsen at his dry comedy best, thanks to the up-loader!!
August 18, 2011 Subject:
The critics hated it. They called it a “one joke show.” They said it wouldn’t last a season, and about that they were correct: It lasted nine seasons.
The tenor of this show is as the character of the hillbillies themselves - honest, unpretentious, and endearing.
The gags are not sophisticated, but quite silly. Still, the continuing saga of Jed Clampett underscores the old saying that says you can’t cheat an honest man. Despite the best efforts of con men, plots by ne’er do wells, and even the schemes of their greedy banker, the hillbillies aways came out on top by acting honorably.
Human decency and kindness were once considered appropriate human qualities worthy of exhibition in plays and on television. Now, only moral depravity and social ugliness are considered to be proper subject matter for comedy.
If you want to relax with some unpretentious comedy, enjoy.
October 18, 2010 Subject:
I have never seen the first episode, now that I have I have a re-newed enjoyment of the complete series, I have a hunger for complete mpegs of the whole run of the show!!
A good quality watch, I was on 'Rogers Extreme' high speed and I didnt so much as get a burp in the streaming(sorry, 2 burps.. I contribute those to my system.. it does freeze on occassion).